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On 24th November the European Parliament formally approved the Directive on Representative Actions, following the trilogue agreement that had been reached by the co-legislators in June 2020.

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A star-studded line-up of speakers and panelists addressed the topic Better Regulation – Defining a Progressive Approach, during a conference jointly organised by the European Justice Forum and FIPRA International for the second year running.

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Inclusion, sustainability, social justice, innovation, global competitiveness and governance are central to the Von der Leyen’s Commission and present a set of interlocked and systemic challenges that need to be addressed. As the EU institutions are working to make Europe more green, digital and self-reliant, tackling these issues demand a different approach to regulation.

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Following the political agreement between the co-legislators, the Council endorsed on June 30th a provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for the protection of collective interest of consumers.

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The European Justice Forum joins almost 20 business associations and federations in signing a joint business statement on the Directive on Representative Actions (Collective Redress). As the representatives of Europe’s business community, we wish to caution EU Member State governments and the European Parliament against rushing to conclude trilogue negotiations on the representative actions proposal and urge them to take due time to consider the complex issues still unresolved. EJF commits to continue contributing constructively to the discussions as necessary to achieve a balanced, fair, harmonized and effective EU justice system.

Please find the full statement here.

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Funding of collective litigation can come from Member States, e.g. by legal aid as in the UK during the 1990ies, or as in Germany today by providing budget to the German federal Consumer Protection Organization “vzbv”, or it can come from private initiatives and private investors.

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The European Justice Forum is pleased to share its position paper, highlighting the core issues that will bring clearer finality, greater efficiency and transparency to the proposal for a Directive on Representative actions.